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The wedding reception is where the party really starts. It’s where you and your guests will celebrate your “I dos” with drinking, dancing, mixing and mingling. Find out how to choose the best venue for you, how to decorate it, and of course, how to choose the menu.



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Sweetheart or Head Table?
Amanda, On March 20, 2024 at 23:38

What's your seating style? Will you and your fiance be sitting at a sweetheart table just for the two of you? Or will you sit with your whole wedding party at a head table? My husband and I decided to...

Kristy, friday 26-Apr-24 19 398
How Many Cake Tiers?!
Amanda, On May 7, 2024 at 12:38

Are you stacking your wedding cake sky high or do you love the clean look of a single tier?! Or are you and you future spouse switching it up with different delicious desserts like donuts, cupcakes or...

Morgan, wednesday 22-May-24 9 70 1
Gambling packages
Slma, On September 2, 2019 at 11:09

We are having some table games at our reception like poker and black jack. My fiance and I thought it might be kind of fun to create little packages that our guests could buy, so for example...

Benjamin, friday 10-May-24 5 411
Wine bottle ticket/voucher per table?
Jamie, On April 29, 2024 at 21:33

Hello, My wedding is in 4 weeks, and I need ideas on how to phrase a Wine bottle voucher/ ticket I was thinking of "Redeem for a bottle of wine" ? Does that sound right? I couldn't find any sample, I...

Kate, monday 6-May-24 2 25
Guys ... i'm sick of photo booths
Natasha, On January 14, 2019 at 11:47

Having been too about a dozen weddings over the last year and a half I gotta say I'm OVER photo booths. Most of the time the picture quality sucks, the props are annoying, you can get stuck in several...

QuantumKirk, tuesday 30-Apr-24 16 617
All about catering - Name your serving style!
Amanda, On September 18, 2023 at 18:59

Hello Everyone! Lets talk about food, glorious food! What serving style have you chosen for your wedding dinner? Plated? Buffet? Family style? Cocktail style? Name Your Serving Style!

Nelly, wednesday 17-Apr-24 13 102
How many Cake Tiers?!
Amanda, On March 29, 2023 at 11:16

Are you stacking your wedding cake sky high or do you love the clean look of a single tier?! Or are you and you future spouse switching it up with different delicious desserts like donuts, cupcakes or...

Nelly, sunday 14-Apr-24 34 228 1
Father/daughter dance
Melanie, On May 27, 2023 at 06:02

My father really loves the song butterfly kisses by Bob Carlisle. Says he used to sing it to me when I was a child. Unfortunately, I don't remember so to me it's just another song. Still I was okay to...

Nelly, sunday 14-Apr-24 6 68
First Dance As a Married Couple
Amanda, On June 5, 2023 at 20:46

Hello all Brides to be! What have you and your significant other chosen for your first dance song as a married couple?! It's always nice to see what everyone has picked My husband and I danced to...

Nelly, sunday 14-Apr-24 40 530
Wedding Favors?
Arianna, On July 25, 2023 at 16:48

Hi everyone! My friend is getting married in November and we are currently trying to decide on wedding favours. We are looking at working with a company that does customized beer labels and then doing...

Nelly, sunday 14-Apr-24 7 118
Videographer or Content Creator?!
Josie, On January 22, 2024 at 16:04

Hi all! I am a bit stuck with this... We have already put a small deposit on a Videographer for our big day, but recently trends have been showing me lots of Content Creators on instagram which I am...

Nelly, sunday 14-Apr-24 4 333
What song did you choose for the parent dance?
Jackie, On August 14, 2023 at 23:54

One thing I am really excited about for my wedding is the dance with my dad at the reception. We have always been close, and since I am his only daughter of 4 kids, I know how excited he is to walk me...

Nelly, sunday 14-Apr-24 6 74
Reception Song Playlist!
Kate, On August 14, 2023 at 23:31

Let's talk reception playlist. How did you come up with your song choices? Was there a certain genre you played more of? Any songs you wanted to stay away from? Although we did hire a band, my husband...

Nelly, sunday 14-Apr-24 6 61
First Dance As a Married Couple
Amanda, On August 16, 2023 at 11:02

Hello all Brides to be! What have you and your significant other chosen for your first dance song as a married couple?! It's always nice to see what everyone has picked My husband and I danced to...

Nelly, sunday 14-Apr-24 17 243
Projector and screen
Hank, On June 16, 2021 at 21:32

Is anyone using a projector and screen to showcase either a video or a photo slideshow at their wedding? I see it at weddings all the time and was wondering how many here will be doing it. Sometimes...

Christian, tuesday 19-Mar-24 4 666
Joining in on First Dance
Kelsey, On March 9, 2024 at 12:19

My FH have been together for almost 10 years and we are dancing to You're Still The One as our first dance. We want to have others join in with us after the first verse. I think it would be really...

Hank, thursday 14-Mar-24 2 34 1
Photobooth during reception
Heather, On February 15, 2024 at 22:48

I am considering getting a photobooth to come in and to be available after final speeches/dessert is served for a couple hours. A lot of the guests attending are younger (late twenties/mid-thirties)...

Hank, saturday 17-Feb-24 2 25
Cocktail Reception Plus Ones
Marie, On January 16, 2024 at 13:34

I would like for guests to be able to have plus ones at our cocktail style reception. However, to keep costs low and have the day remain intimate, I would prefer to have them come later into the night...

Kate, tuesday 13-Feb-24 3 47
Budget Friendly Food Options
Kayleigh, On March 24, 2023 at 12:12

Hey everyone! My fiancé and I are looking for some ideas on how to make our food budget friendly but enough for around 160 guests. Our goal is to have something memorable for food but it not take...

Bayleigh, monday 5-Feb-24 12 254
Table layout small wedding
Busy, On February 1, 2024 at 13:42

Hello, We are (finally !!) getting married March 2025. I have plenty of time to plan but I am not sure what to do with my seating layout for the reception. We are getting married on a big private...

Busy, thursday 1-Feb-24 25
Tips for services
Kira, On January 14, 2024 at 10:14

Hi all, I didn't even consider the fact that on top of prices, we would need to think about tipping people for their services. I am looking for any guidance and advice on how you have done this or...

Kira, monday 15-Jan-24 4 59
Is a Grand Entrance a must?
Mackenzie, On January 9, 2024 at 09:47

My fiancé and | are having a super non-traditional wedding. Our ceremony is right next to the reception hall and starts at 7pm (it'll be super short around 10 minutes) and then the reception is...

Amanda, monday 15-Jan-24 2 39
Garter Toss!
Amanda, On April 26, 2023 at 18:39

This one's less of a trend and more of a tradition that some people are deciding to do away with. But apparently 37% of grooms still participate in this reception tradition! Will this toss tradition...

Stephanie, tuesday 9-Jan-24 17 159
Food ideas for my wedding social
Simone, On September 29, 2016 at 17:05

Hello everyone, Next year in May of 2017, I will be having a Wedding social. I am going to post some food menu ideas for my wedding social and let me know what you thoughts are? We are looking at...

Matteo, monday 25-Dec-23 12 336
Sip N' Solve - Wedding Crossword Help!
Donna-Jean, On July 28, 2023 at 12:27

Hi everyone! I'm an October 2024 bride! I really want to have some fun interactive things for my guests to do during cocktail hour and I love the idea of doing a giant Sip N' Solve (Crossword).. I've...

Jennifer, friday 15-Dec-23 1 1,956
Fun Games for your Wedding Reception
Emilie, On August 12, 2016 at 12:12

Hi lovely soon-to-weds! When everyone gets together at your wedding, games can really make those you love connect with one another even if they have never or barely seen each other before. Which ones...

Jennifer, friday 15-Dec-23 8 655
How are you planning to keep your guests entertained?
Alex, On November 23, 2023 at 16:24

During wedding transition periods, what do you recommend including at your wedding to keep guests entertained and engaged throughout the day/evening?

Jennifer, friday 15-Dec-23 5 255
Gratuities and rental
Sharlene, On July 3, 2019 at 16:03

Just curious to know were you charged gratuities and/or service charge only on your food and beverage costs or also on your rental cost for your reception rental assuming you are using the same...

Gianluigi, friday 10-Nov-23 23 2,657
Suggestions for reception timeline: host, games, at reception? ..
Katrina, On February 10, 2023 at 13:14

Hi community! Still new to planning & being a member on WeddingWire 🥹 My fiancé and I are in the final stages of booking our venue and now comes the part of the timeline/schedule for the...

Katrina, thursday 26-Oct-23 7 203
Centerpieces - Keeping or Giving Away?
Julie, On March 3, 2023 at 08:27

I have not come across any discussions on centerpiece giveaways so I thought I would ask. For my centerpieces I will have manzanita trees and a floral arrangement at the base. The trees I purchased...

Matilda, sunday 8-Oct-23 12 101
Tip etiquette???
STEPHANIE, On September 29, 2023 at 17:20

Hi all, just wondering which of your vendors you tipped eg. Photographer or dj or all? And what percentage of their fee did you tip or what dolllar amount is appropriate? Thanks

Matilda, sunday 8-Oct-23 7 75
How Much Food?
Hank, On March 30, 2022 at 15:41

How many choices did you get to try at your tasting? How many options are you giving your guests? What appetizers are you having for cocktail hour? How many courses are you serving for dinner? We...

Matilda, monday 25-Sep-23 22 362 2


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